Attorneys

BORIS E. EFRON was born in Lvov, Russia, and emigrated to the United States in 1960. He has been a resident of Menlo Park, California since 1962.

Boris Efron received his Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University where he majored in Forest Management, Engineering and Business Administration. He received his Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law in 1977. He is a member of Phi Delta Phi.

Boris Efron began his career as an attorney in the legal department of an international corporation. Over the next seven years he rose to the position of corporate vice president, litigation. His responsibilities included corporate governance and business functions. He directed litigation efforts throughout the United States and abroad, traveling to litigate issues in employment, franchising, commercial and business litigation. He was also extensively involved in corporate risk management and tort-defense litigation.

In 1985, Boris Efron made a pivotal career choice. He decided to devote his legal practice to helping catastrophically injured consumers, people who are disadvantaged and unable to defend their rights. Since that time Boris Efron has handled, litigated, mediated, arbitrated and tried cases involving catastrophic injury, wrongful death, government entity liability, product liability, insurance bad faith, premises liability, medical, legal and fiduciary malpractice, construction defects, workers’ compensation, real estate and business issues. He is a member of the San Francisco Bar Association, San Mateo County Bar Association, State Bar of California, Consumer Attorneys of California, American Association for Justice, and The Commercial Law League of America. He is a court appointed arbitrator for the San Mateo and Santa Clara County Superior Courts.

Boris Efron is a private mediator and neutral evaluator in the areas of his expertise. He brings his broad experience in law, medicine, insurance coverage, medical lien - reimbursement claim resolution, engineering, auto mechanics, forestry and business to effectively evaluate and resolve disputes. His early defense experience and work on coverage issues provide him with objectivity. His solid understanding of risk management, engineering and medical issues aid him to fairly and efficiently resolve disputes. He has traveled widely. He speaks Russian fluently and has a working knowledge of Hebrew and Polish.

KAREN M. PLATT was born in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors from the University of Maryland. She received a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Maryland in 1974.

Karen Platt studied anatomy and physiology. She participated in two years of clinical training, including working with a multi-disciplinary team at Walter Reed Army Hospital. During her tenure at Walter Reed, she worked with brain injured adults, cancer survivors and the physically impaired.

Karen Platt received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1984. She is a member of the Wisconsin Bar and the California Bar. She holds honors from Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. Her areas of expertise include personal injury, government entity liability, insurance coverage, and product liability.

Karen Platt began her legal career with the Collins and Zapala defense firm in San Jose, California. Her work included insurance coverage issues, personal injury, real estate, fraud, landslide and subsidence, property damage, business disputes, police misconduct, and contract dispute cases.

In 1990, Karen Platt also made a pivotal career choice. She decided to devote her law practice to helping injured people, and joined the Law Offices of Boris E. Efron as an associate litigation attorney. She became a partner in 1998.

Karen Platt has jury trial experience for plaintiffs and defendants. She has participated in hundreds of judicial and binding arbitrations. She serves as a judicially appointed arbitrator for the San Mateo and Santa Clara County Superior Courts. Karen Platt’s primary areas of practice are catastrophic injury, insurance coverage, and product liability. She takes a very balanced, practical and pragmatic approach to dispute resolution.

GAIL J. LAMCHICK was born in Providence, Rhode Island. She was admitted to the California bar in 1983.

Education: Clark University (B.A., cum laude, 1976); University of Santa Clara (J.D., 1983). She holds honors from Phi Beta Kappa and wrote for the Santa Clara Law School. Law Review. Gail Lamchick is a member in the Santa Clara Bar Association; State Bar of California; and Consumer Attorneys of California. Practice Areas: Personal Injury, wrongful death, products liability, and public entity liability.

Prior to law school, Gail Lamchick worked for a non profit delivering pre-trial and ex-offender services to individuals caught up in the criminal justice system. This work included bail funds, alternative release programs and criminal diversion.

Gail Lamchick began her legal career as a criminal defense attorney. She also practiced family law. in 1994 she shifted the focus of her practice to the representation of injured and disadvantaged people. She has successfully resolved hundreds of injury cases through mediation, arbitration, and jury trials. She has been a judicially appointed arbitrator and mediator in Santa Clara County. She spent several years on the Santa Clara County Court's elimination of gender bias task force.

In 2007, Gail Lamchick joined the Law Offices of Boris E. Efron as an associate litigation attorney. She became a partner in 2018.

DAVID W. WESSEL was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated in 1973 from Concordia Lutheran Junior College in Milwaukee with honors. He then attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, graduating with honors in 1975. He attended the Master’s program in English literature at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.

In 1978, David Wessel enlisted in the United States Peace Corps, and through the Peace Corps he became a high school teacher in Liberia, West Africa. Liberia was, and still is, one of the poorest countries in the world. David Wessel lived in River Cess, Liberia, one of the more remote areas in Liberia. He was a teacher in Liberia for two years before returning to the United States in December 1980. He was admitted to the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1981, graduating from UW Law in December 1983. He was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar Association and practiced law in Wisconsin until June 1984. He was admitted to the California Bar Association in December 1984 and has practiced law in California since then.

David Wessel initially practiced bankruptcy law in San Francisco. Later he moved to Coddington, Hicks & Danforth in Palo Alto, California, an insurance defense firm that practiced aviation disaster law, personal injury, insurance coverage, property damage, business disputes, and other civil litigation throughout the United States. He tried many cases there and became a partner.

In 2011, David Wessel decided he wanted to represent real people instead of large institutions. He joined the Law Offices of Boris E. Efron that year. Since then he has represented injured and disadvantaged people, trying cases on their behalf and getting great settlements for them. His litigation specialties include insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, government entity liability, and construction defects. He has represented plaintiffs in all kinds of personal injury lawsuits. He has also served as a judicial arbitrator appointed by the San Mateo County and Santa Clara County Superior Courts.